Labour MSP visits Borders College heat-from-waste renewable energy scheme

Beamish is pictured (centre) with college officials
Beamish is pictured (centre) with college officials

Labour MSP Claudia Beamish has visited Borders College in Galashiels to see the award-winning heat from waste water project site on the campus.

The system operates by extracting residual heat from waste water in the sewage system, converting it into re-usable energy which is capable of providing 95% of the heat needed for the campus.

College vice-principal Pete Smith and facilities manager Robert Hewitt were on hand to show Beamish around the energy centre and answer questions.

She commented: “Renewable heat technology is commonplace in much of Europe and in Scotland, I want to see confidence increase in how we bring heat and light to our buildings.  There are opportunities in the future to share this kind of development to tackle fuel poverty, as well as lower carbon emissions.” 

Having spent a time as an eco-schools co-ordinator prior to her election to Holyrood, Beamish is now the party’s environment spokesman.

She has also been finding out first-hand about various renewable energy solutions already progressing across her constituency with visits to Sun Amp (an East Lothian renewable energy company) and BHC Ltd (structural steelwork manufacturers in Lanarkshire who heat their whole site using biomass boilers).

14 Mar 2018

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